In another display of widespread grassroots support for GMO labeling following the suspicious failure of GMO labeling bill Prop 37 in California, a new petition calls upon the Obama administration to require the FDA to label GMOs within consumer products. Growing in popularity each hour, the petition is receiving thousands of signatures per day and currently stands at over 13,390.
The petition comes as more and more activists have been taking to the streets and labeling GMO-containing products for themselves using printable warning stickers.
It seems that the bottom line is that the public will not settle for major corporations dictating what they can and cannot know — especially when it comes to what they are putting into their mouths. As the petition description states plainly on the White House website, corporations have taken over the food supply through patented genetically modified seeds and various extortion methods. And on the economic side, what happens if these juggernauts use their agricultural foothold to secure further profits through charging unknowing consumers exorbitant prices?
The petition description states:
“Corporations have patented our food with GMOs and now control of our food supply… what happens if they decide there is a shortage or raise prices?”
By JG Vibes
November 16, 2012
Representatives from the infamous Monsanto corporation have a habit of only showing up in courtrooms where they are to be the plaintiffs, usually either against farmers who want to be independent or activists who want the world to know what the company is doing.
Just recently, Monsanto has dodged another important hearing, this time in France, regarding the long term health effects of their genetically modified maize.
“At a joint hearing held on Wednesday, November 7 by the committees of Social Affairs and Sustainable Development of the National Assembly [France], an official from the National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labour (ANSES) explained that the agency would not be hearing from Monsanto as part of the follow up to the publication by controversial biologist Gilles-Eric Seralini on the effects of GM maize NK603, which the company produces.
As quoted by the Doctors’ Daily [publication], the director of risk assessment at ANSES, Dominique Gombert, told members of the Assembly that the agency had sent Monsanto “an extremely specific letter about the questions we wanted to ask them, especially about effects in long-term studies.
Following this letter, we had a conference call with Monsanto and lawyers of the company to make us clarify the conditions for bringing about this hearing.
Following this pre-hearing, the company stated that, within the time limit, it was not possible for it to mobilize experts, knowing that this hearing will give rise to the publication of verbal exchanges,” reported Mr. Gombert.
“Monsanto has sent us a document of about five pages that essentially describes the current conditions of authorization of GM plants and NK603. I have not found specific evidence regarding any long-term studies that the firm might have conducted,” concluded Mr. Gombert.”
GMwatch.org commented on this recent development, and brought some clarity to details of the hearing. An article on the GMwatch.org website states that:
“Monsanto has wriggled out of a hearing by the French food safety agency ANSES which is looking into the details of any long-term studies the company may have done on its GM NK603 maize and/or Roundup.
One way for Monsanto to lay speculation to rest about the safety of its GM maize and Roundup is to release its own long-term safety studies on both substances showing that they’re safe.
Or could it be that no such studies exist? Surely not!
In fact, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has already admitted (while rejecting Seralini’s study) that no long-term studies have been done on the complete glyphosate herbicide formulations as they are sold and used – only the ‘active ingredient’ glyphosate has been tested.
And even industry’s tests on glyphosate in isolation raise concerns regarding birth defects and cancer:
Monsanto has been essentially untouchable in most countries because they are extremely influential in government and are deeply entrenched in the establishment.
Many rightfully see Monsanto as a direct tool of the ruling class and a representation of their desires.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 by: Carolanne Wright
By Anthony Gucciardi
Nov 15, 2012
Activists and concerned citizens around the world have had enough with corrupt corporations censoring their right to know what’s in their food, and frankly they’re beyond upset. And if the government will not side with the 90 plus percentage of consumers who are in favor of GMO labeling, then they’re going to do it themselves.
As it turns out, many are doing just that through the ‘DIY’ GMO labeling campaign known as ‘The Label It Yourself Campaign’.
Sporting a skull with cornstalks for crossbones, the DIY labels inform customers as to whether or not a product ‘may’ include GMO ingredients or most certainly does.
Below is one label taken from the campaign website that activists are now placing on products found in grocery stores, homes of friends and family (to incite discussion), and just about everywhere else:
People Will Not Stand for Corporate Food Lies Any Longer
With 80% or more of many staple crops like corn and soybeans already genetically modified, there is a large chance that most products containing these ingredients (or deriviatives) does indeed contain GMOs.
Even more so for highly processed high-fructose corn syrup and other harmful ingredients which are arguably modified 100% of the time. You can print out the labels from the campaign website and stick them on products for yourself.
With a lack of real GMO labeling thanks to dirty tricks by pro-GMO groups like No on 37, grassroots initiatives are the only methods of alerting the public to what they are putting into their mouths.
Now, citizens are fighting back through peaceful grassroots initiatives.
As a picture from one Treehugger blog shows, consumers are honestly labeling processed foods across the shelves of international grocers:
As for the legal aspect? The Label It Yourself Campaign states:
“At the moment, the law protects misinformation and private property above truth-telling, and public well-being…”
Meanwhile, corporations like Monsanto continue to pump out GMOs that have been time and time again linked to disease, environmental disaster, and even the center of ‘slave labor‘ issues.
When government legislation is shot down through corruption, it becomes a grassroots responsibility to take action and make a real change.
This article originally appeared at Natural Society
Going to a local farmer’s market is one wise path, but they still may have bought GM seeds or used pesticides, or both. Most likely, your friendly local farmers have respect and maintain the integrity of their crop, for the sake of their families, their neighbors, and their community.(http://www.organic.org/home/faq)
The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:
“Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.”
The USDA has three “categories of organic:”
1. 100 percent Organic: Made with 100 percent organic ingredients
2. Organic: Made with at least 95 percent organic ingredients
3. “Made With Organic Ingredients:” Made with a minimum of 70 percent organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30 percent including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
Products with fewer than 70 percent organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package.
The USDA is not to be trusted, though. Although their stamp of organic goes a long way, there’s no guarantee, and since we’ve seen the FDA endorse horrific disease-causing foods, additives, chemicals, GMO, and more, you have to be your own investigator.
This is right from the USDA site; they support GMO! “Welcome to the USDA’s Agricultural Biotechnology Website: The USDA supports the safe and appropriate use of science and technology, including biotechnology, to help meet agricultural challenges and consumer needs of the 21st century. USDA plays a key role in assuring that products produced using biotechnology are safe to be grown and used in the United States. Once these products enter commerce, USDA supports bringing these and other products to the worldwide marketplace.” (In other words, feed the whole world cancer). (http://www.usda.gov)
Have you seen the French scientists’ long-term study of GMO effects on rats? The rats get tumors the size of baseballs and die an early death. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
One Nebraska organic farmer, David Vetter, has been testing his corn for GMO contamination. Situated right in the middle of corn country, all around him are farmers growing genetically modified corn and that poses a major problem. Corn is an open-pollinating crop. Wind and insects can carry pollen from a few yards to several miles. Last year, Vetter’s organic corn tested positive for genetic contamination. “We’ve been letting customers who buy in bulk know the situation,” says Vetter.
Since one of the heads of the FDA, Michael Taylor, used to be a lobbyist and vice president of Monsanto, don’t look for regulations any time soon, especially since Obama appointed him and the re-election is set in stone. Also, watch for articles, lawsuits, and companies that sell out from organic to corporate run pseudo-organic. They are caving by the numbers. It’s all about the money, until people get cancer and can’t buy their way out of it. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
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